The NASCAR Foundation Reaches $1 Million Donated
To Speediatrics Unit At Halifax Health Medical Center
More Than 2,000 Children And Their Families Benefit Annually
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 25, 2012) – Cartoon characters adorn the ceiling above each hospital bed. There’s Curves, and Wally Wingman, and of course, Airgun Annie. Autographs – as if in a clubhouse – pepper the walls, from the likes of NASCAR legends Dale Earnhardt and Jimmie Johnson. There’s a play room and photos and fun – ways to pass the time, anything to get a child’s mind away from the stress of illness.
“Here at the Speediatrics unit everything is excellent, everyone is nice,” said Daytona Beach resident Aatifa Holder, mother to Dimitri Wills, a current patient at Speediatrics. “We’ve been here due to an asthma attack that Dimitri suffered. I’ve told everybody about all the characters on the walls because I haven’t seen this sort of environment at any other hospital. Dimitri enjoys it here, he feels comfortable.”
Dimitri is one of more than 2,000 children a year who receive care at the NASCAR-themed Speediatrics Unit of the Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla., a program that reached a major milestone on Wednesday. The NASCAR Foundation presented its annual $150,000 donation to the Speediatrics Unit, raising its total contributions to the unit to more than $1 million since the partnership was established in 2006.
“When the foundation began, we had grand dreams of being able to help Speediatrics and other worthy causes in this manner,” said The NASCAR Foundation Chairwoman and Speediatrics founder Betty Jane France. “Those dreams have been realized – and then some. I am so very proud of what the foundation has been able to accomplish on Speediatrics’ behalf. Halifax’s Speediatrics unit is close to my home … and my heart.” Full Story
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